Piazzolla Video, November, 2010

There were 1028 videos of Piazzolla’s music posted on YouTube in the month of November, 2010, an increase of 58% over the same month in 2009. 607 (59%) of the videos were performance videos featuring live performances. The others were videos which used Piazzolla’s music as a sound track for photo or video montages. I highlighted my journey through these many videos in my Piazzola on Video blog which I hope some of you have visited.

Thirty-nine percent of the performance videos were in the classical mode, 15% in jazz, 19% in nuevo tango and 27% in pop.

Here are the most frequently performed pieces this month (Libertango was the most frequently played – 34% of the total; the others follow in order):

1. Libertango
2. Oblivion
3. Adios Nonino
4.
La muerte del ángel
5.
Invierno Porteño 
6.
Verano Porteño
7. Primavera Porteña
8. Histoire du tango – Café 1930
9.
Balada para un loco
10.
Histoire du tango – Nightclub 1960 / Le grand tango (tie)

The top three on this list seem to be fairly stable month-to-month but the bottom seven change every month.

The performance videos came from 55 different countries.  Argentina posted the most videos: 94.  The top ten posting countries are listed in order here:

1. Argentina
2.
USA
3.
Italy
4.
Spain
5.
Brazil
6.
Netherlands
7.
Russia
8.
Japan
9.
Germany
10.
Mexico

There were nine Piazzolla originals posted. All but one had been previously posted. The new video featured Piazzolla and Julien Clerc in a performance of Balada para un loco.

There were a large variety of performance groups:

  • 90 Solos
  • 126 Duets
  • 78 Trios
  • 76 Quartets
  • 53 Quintets
  • 24 Sextets
  • 38 Medium Ensembles (7 to 12 musicians)
  • 122 Large Ensembles (More than 12 musicians)

I viewed and rated all the performances.  I rated performances primarily on performance skills and quality of interpretation - necessarily, very qualitative and personal judgments.  My ratings:

  • 209 Outstanding (5 on the old YouTube scale)
  • 171 Very Good
  • 207 Good
  • 18 Fair
  • 2 Poor

Quality of performance varied from excellent to bizarre. My choice for Best of the Month is the Pan Am Symphony's performance of Fracanapa. This is just one performance from a full evenings performance which seamlessly integrated a nuevo tango quartet with a chamber orchestra.

The choice for most bizarre this month is a performance of Adios Nonino chosen for its consistent use of avant-garde harmony.

Best Video of the Month

Fracanapa

Most Bizarre Video of the Month

Adios Nonino

Full Listing of November, 2010 Piazzolla Videos on YouTube

Piazzolla Videos: November, 2010

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